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Woodburning pen

Woodburning pen

04-25-2008 12:57 AM by pat | 2 comments »

This is what I usually use to burn wood I recently posted a CD case and soon hope to make a frame. It is a generally good pen and was only 30 dollars. On the down side it takes a good 10 minutes to heat up.

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Great storage solution.

Great storage solution.

04-23-2008 07:49 PM by GaryK | 24 comments »

Looking for someplace out of the way to store all your screws/small hardware? Want to keep the dust out? Well, here is a great solution. They are made by a company called Stack-On. Here you will find their website. They come with 12 compartments with a lid that protects the contents keeping the dust out. The lidsslide back in a little to keep them open as you can see in the second picture. They can also snap shut whenclosed. They can either stand alone or be hung on the wall. I at...

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Chinese firewood...I mean plywood!

Chinese firewood...I mean plywood!

04-21-2008 01:39 AM by Dadoo | 46 comments »

All of my cabinets so far, have been made from birch plywood and trimmed in pine. Now I’ve got a load of old maple for trim and want to build a bookcase system using maple plywood. I’ve looked around and have found that the only place that carries it, is Lowes. Oh, my local yard will be happy to order it…at like $70.00 a sheet…sight unseen. So being careful not to buy some cheap stuff (there’s been some bad vibes concerning Chinese plywood here) I found that the ...

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Pesky Little Brass Screws and such

Pesky Little Brass Screws and such

04-17-2008 03:02 PM by MrWoody | 13 comments »

Because of a recent post by Betsy I decided to post this review.Auger gimlets are small hand drills that closely match screw sizes and are handy for pre-drilling holes for Little brass screws. I also use them for drilling small holes in small pieces when making toys.I listed them as Lee Valley but they are available elsewhere as they are not made by Lee Valley.I’ve had mine for over 20 years and the smallest is showing some wear, so I would say they are a good investment

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The Ultimate Router Book

The Ultimate Router Book

04-15-2008 08:10 PM by Paul D | 12 comments »

Hardcover: 344 pages Publisher: Readers Digest; Rev Upd edition (June 1, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0762108002 ISBN-13: 978-0762108008 Product Dimensions: 11.2×8.8×1.4 inches I just completed reading through this book and it is by far the best router book I have read. I would highly recommend this book to anyone whether a total router newbie (like me) or a seasoned veteran. There are plenty of tips, jigs, table plans, etc. in this book and Bill Hylton’s writing styl...

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My first REAL cordless driver!

My first REAL cordless driver!

04-15-2008 04:35 AM by Tess | 6 comments »

Bought this 18V Lithium-Ion Drill-Driver from Home Hardware, refurbished, for $190 CDN. Sound steep? Well, I’ve got to tell you, it’s worth every penny! I used to do home renovations for fun and now I’ve gotten into professional contracting. I’d gone through a few cheapie cordless drills just with the around-the-house use and I was never happy with them. They were never robust enough (any screws over 2” and I wouldn’t have even tried the cordless). ...

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New twist on M.D.F.

New twist on M.D.F.

04-13-2008 06:16 PM by Lee A. Jesberger | 39 comments »

Hello all; I thought it would be nice to post new products or materials, or little know products and materials, that are a great asset to us woodworkers. This first product is made by Norboard, out of Canada. Their website is: http://www.norbord.com Their 800 number is: 1-800-850-8061 Here’s some information on the company and also may help to locate a distributer in your area. Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels with assets of $1.5 billion. W...

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Drive Belt Dampens Vibrations

Drive Belt Dampens Vibrations

04-13-2008 09:51 AM by jockmike2 | 20 comments »

I’ve used this belt on a couple different machines and it does dampen vibration by at least 50%, if not more. It’s really unusual too. It is so simple to take links out or add links to make it longer or shorter, it’s a breeze. It also lasts forever. I’d say it lasts longer than a regular v-belt. I’ve used it on an old lathe and it settled a bouncing lathe down. Also an old table saw I had was vibrating pretty bad and I had done everything I knew to straighten it ...

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DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

DeWalt DW735 Heavy-Duty 13" Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer

04-10-2008 05:58 AM by tooldad | 44 comments »

I have had the opportunity to use about 4 different planers. I owned a Ryobi 12.5” for about a year and returned it because rollers wouldn’t work, They bought a Ridgid and it lasted about 3 months, same problem (Ryobi, Ridgid, and Milwaukee are same corp) Finally I bucked up and bought Dewalt after seeing this at the wood show. However I am not the average weekend woodworker being a shop teacher so minimum duty tools just dont’ cut it for me. I also had a Delta 12.5”...

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My first planer... cheap, easy to use, and portable

My first planer... cheap, easy to use, and portable

04-09-2008 10:42 PM by Shopsmithtom | 14 comments »

Well, for anyone who expects an in-depth review that has it’s foundation in a thorough understanding of wood planers, you’re going to be disappointed. This is my first planer and I’ve only actually been near an operating one once before, so all you’re going to get is a novice’s impression of a machine that’s probably meant for a novice. Maybe that makes me the perfect guy for the job, after all. This model sells locally for $239.00 and (of course) lis...

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